Nutsy Fagan McCain Supporter Comes Clean

Police: McCain volunteer made up robbery story

By JOE MANDAK – 59 minutes ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A McCain campaign volunteer made up a story of being robbed, pinned to the ground and having the letter "B" scratched on her face in a politically inspired attack, police said Friday. Ashley Todd, 20-year-old college student from College Station, Texas, admitted Friday that the story was false and was being charged with making a false report to police, said Maurita Bryant, the assistant chief of the police department's investigations division. Police doubted her story from the start, Bryant said.

Todd, who is white, told police she was attacked by a 6-foot-4 black man Wednesday night. She now can't explain why she invented the story, Bryant said.

Todd also told police she believes she cut the backward "B" onto her own cheek, but she didn't explain how or why, Bryant said.

Todd initially told investigators she was attempting to use a bank branch ATM when the man approached her from behind, put a knife with a 4- to 5-inch blade to her throat and demanded money. She told police she handed the assailant $60 and walked away.

Todd told investigators that she suspected the man then noticed a John McCain sticker on her car, became angry and punched her in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground and telling her "you are going to be a Barack supporter," police said.

She said he continued to punch and kick her while threatening "to teach her a lesson for being a McCain supporter," police said. She said he then sat on her chest, pinned her hands down with his knees and scratched a backward letter "B" into her face with a dull knife.

Todd told police she didn't seek medical attention, but instead went to a friend's apartment nearby and called police about 45 minutes later.

The Associated Press could not immediately locate Todd's family.

Bryant said somebody charged with making a false report would typically be cited and sent a summons. But because police have concerns about Todd's mental health, they are consulting with the Allegheny County District Attorney. She remained in custody and was awaiting arraignment.

Todd worked in New York for the College Republican National Committee before moving two weeks ago to Pennsylvania, where her duties included recruiting college students, the committee's executive director, Ethan Eilon, has said.

Eilon declined to comment on the investigation Friday or to help The Associated Press contact Todd.

Earlier Friday, police said they had found inconsistencies in Todd's story. They gave her a lie-detector test, but wouldn't release the polygraph results. Investigators also said bank surveillance photos did not back up the woman's initial story of being attacked at an ATM.

Police interviewed Todd after she contacted police Wednesday night and again on Thursday, Bryant said. They asked her to come back Friday, ostensibly to help police put together a sketch of the man. Instead, detectives began interviewing her.

"They just started talking to her and she just opened up and said she wanted to tell the truth," Bryant said.

Bryant said it doesn't appear that anyone else put the woman up to the false report.

Police suspected all along that Todd might not be telling the truth, starting with the fact that the "B" was backward, Bryant said.

"We have robbers here in Pittsburgh, but they don't generally mutilate someone's face like that," Bryant said. "They just take the money and run."

McCain and Friends Stoop Even Lower

Check this out, now filing false police reports is a campaign tactic!

Police: McCain volunteer changes ATM attack story

50 minutes ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh police say a McCain campaign volunteer who said she was held down by a black man who cut the letter "B" in her face has changed her story.

Police spokeswoman Diane Richard says investigators gave the 20-year-old woman a lie-detector test and are "looking at some inconsistencies" in her story.

The student, Ashley Todd, of College Station, Texas, initially said a black man robbed her at knifepoint Wednesday night and then cut her cheek after seeing a McCain sticker on her car.

Police say bank surveillance footage doesn't show her at an ATM where she says she was attacked.

Todd, who is white, now says she was knocked unconscious and doesn't remember being cut. She now says she only discovered the wound later.

No arrests have been made.

Hope the first arrest they make is this little racist chick! What a load of bull. Wonder if she dreamed this up on her own after reading the Susan Smith story (remember she famously blamed a "black man" for her missing kids before admitting she'd killed them) or if someone in the campaign put her up to it in order to try to play the "Willie Horton" card at this late juncture but by calling the opposing candidate Willie Horton.

More than likely she's a garden variety nut. After all, her MySpace page said "Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her cloths off, but its better if you do." There are also extensive copies of the twitters she sent to her friends and the public during her "ordeal" (who twitters an attack?)

Oh, and what's wrong in the photo of the "victim"? Look at the B - it's backwards. What would Mr. Monk deduce? She did it herself while looking in a mirror. Put her in cuffs and let her meet some real criminals! (source)


About Damn Time!

Like so many others I'm really tiring of this idiotic phrase used by teens and unfortunately, making its way into the lexicon of their parents as well (I heard someone my age say it the other day!)

Joe the Tax Evader

So, what's the deal with Joe Wurzelbacher, the new darling of the racist right?

42921942 It appears that Joe ain't what he seems. According to the NY Times investigation, Joe has a couple liens on his property for not paying his taxes, he's not licensed as a plumber or anything else, he's a registered Republican, he lied about his membership in the Plumbers Union on his "Facebook" page, and the name on his voting registration doesn't match the name he uses.

Huh... how interesting. The Daily Kos did a a little digging and turned up the fact that Joe might even have ties to McCain's old cohorts in the S&L scandal.

Does anyone else smell a plant and a fraud being perpetrated by McCain on his gullible and angry mob?

If nothing else, this shows how pitiful John McCain, once a giant in the Senate has become as he sells his soul to the far right, his racist base and big money interests intent on protecting their tax breaks by making sure the folks at the bottom pay even more in taxes.

Want the real deal? If Joe were a real guy he'd be paying less than half in taxes under Obama than under McCain. Of course, that's if he paid taxes at all, which he doesn't.

Then he made matters worse by saying that Obama "tap dances" better than "Sammy Davis, Jr." What a piece of work.

Wonder if he's sorry he took the Republican shilling and decided to lie on national TV and let McCain make him a character in his theater of the absurd?


Am I Anti-Social?

It's always been my policy on my personal blog never to write about negative situations at work. It's just one of those things I've never felt comfortable doing because it makes personal matters that touch on others public.

antisocial However, recent events have more or less absolved me of my duty to remain silent and just endure. So, I'll talk a bit about recent events in my new job.

As I mentioned in previous posts I accepted a position in the surgery billing and scheduling department at UMC here in Tucson. I was very excited about the job and actually found the work itself to be a nice match for my skills and personality. I'm very much a perfectionist in most things and pretty detail oriented. I'm quick to learn new tasks and to pick up potential problems and find a solution. In fact, I was good enough in the job to run the entire billing portion of a major surgical services department for a major hospital in 3 days.

This was necessary because their current person was leaving the position to move across country in a couple weeks. She would even be out on my fifth day on the job for the rest of the week then back two days the next week and gone again. This meant I had to learn the role quickly in order to completely take over in her absence. I did that and managed to keep things running with no major errors while teaching myself where to find information I needed.

Unfortunately, the moment she left and incidentally while our supervisor was gone as well, a problem cropped up with one of my co-workers. She's been there for quite some time and is a Type-A personality (to say the least). By the end of the day the first day I was on my own I found myself very stressed by her demeanor and way of dealing with me. She is brusque and has a way of "asking" questions that implies you are inherently doing things wrong. Every step I had learned up to that point she questioned and indicated it was exactly the wrong way to do things. She wanted me to change the procedures I'd learned in mid-stream despite the fact that I was doing a good job and not making mistakes.

This continued for three days until by Friday of that week I was exhausted from the constant barrage. I decided on Monday, when our supervisor was back to speak to her about the situation and get her insights as to what to do. After all, I knew that they had trouble keeping people in the position and after my experience had some inkling of why that might be.

So, I spoke to her on Monday and expressed my concerns and the fact that I was very nervous now about things. She indicated that this person had already called her with tales of my "unsocial" behavior and how I was "resistant" to her. Well, of course, I was resistant. After all, I had been taught a particular way to handle matters so I could do the job and at each step she would throw changes in and confuse the whole process until I was unsure whether I was doing anything correctly or leaving things out that I'd already been taught.

I asked my supervisor if it would be OK for me to speak to this co-worker one on one the next time it happened and try to work it out. She agreed at first but then decided that she should "moderate" any discussion.

All day long I was subjected to this co-worker telling people calling from other departments or doctor's offices that she was having to deal with "someone else's drama." At one point she announced to her friend in the office that maybe she should have just picked up her purse and left instead of having to listen to all the "drama" caused by "someone else". This went on the entire day and the barbs continued as she talked about how if they hired a fourth person for the department they shouldn't "rush into" anything because she wanted someone who would be her "friend".

I suppose much of that had to do with the fact that on the second day they were all going out drinking and partying at a disco at one of the casino's. I politely declined saying I had other plans that night. I don't drink to excess and I don't go to discos. I gave all that up when I was in my 20's. Today, I prefer to be home with Michael and share my free time with close friends who share my interests and tastes. Neither of which tend to benders and techno-dance music.

Not to mention that my second day on the job this woman decided to quiz me about my disability status and whether I knew that the health insurance offered by UMC "sucked" and why I'd want to take a job like this for the "crap pay". I kept getting the feeling she was trying to talk me out of working there. I suppose she was based on later events. She also seemed to be irked when I pointed out the pay was exactly the median for that job across the country and that living costs in Tucson were lower than a lot of other major metro areas. I also pointed out the insurance was decent compared to most private and small business plans to which she replied "Well, they probably won't pay for anything you have to have because of your transplant. They're big on 'pre-existing' conditions!" Have you ever heard a warning siren in the back of your head and just told it to shut up much to your detriment later?

So, that afternoon, much to my surprise my supervisor calls a meeting and goes through this whole "teamwork" aspect. Everyone knew what was going on because my troubling co-worker had made of point of bringing in everyone she could.

I decided to be blunt about the situation and stated how I felt about her manner in "helping me along" as well as other things that bothered me like the constant negative talk about our supervisor behind her back and the gossip about staff members who came to our office. This really grates on me because I try to treat everyone with respect. I hate to have someone walk out and hear them ripped apart as a "bitch" or a "whiner" or any one of a dozen other things said about people. There's even one very sweet older lady who works in the office. She is kind, polite, and quiet. Yet, the women in my office constantly make fun of her because of these qualities. Maybe it's a woman thing, I don't know. But I don't do it and I don't like to be dragged into it.

Needless to say, it didn't go well. Everyone pretended to make nice and we moved on. By the end of the week the tension was palpable again. I was being overly polite to everyone. Despite the fact I don't like to stop working to "chat" (I get paid to work not chat), I made an effort to join in conversations about non-work things. Each time I added to the conversation my co-worker would glare at me, stop talking and swing around in her chair. I finally just gave up, concentrated on what I was doing and kept quiet. After all, I'm paid to do my job not socialize (or so I thought).

Last Friday when I got to work my supervisor called me into her office and said that things had not gotten better and this woman had again complained that I was "anti-social" and "hostile" toward her. If there was ever a textbook case of transference that would be it. I explained that I'd tried to be engaging but was rebuffed and my supervisor, being very sweet, said she understood and appreciated how polite I was but things just didn't seem to be working out. According to her only 50% of my job was doing what I am paid to do. The other 50% is keeping this co-worker happy and being her friend. According to that this is the UMC definition of "teamwork". OK, well, being someone's best friend, gossip hen, and drinking buddy was not in my job description - I looked!

In the midst of the conversation she asked me how I felt about things. I told her as far as my work was concerned I was fine. After all, where usually it took them till 3pm or later to do the work, I usually was done by 1pm at the latest. Sometimes, I finished by 12:30. Therefore, no overtime for me. She again reiterated that was only part of the job. I then told her as far as the personal things went, I was very ill at ease because it seemed no matter what I did I could not get past the problems with this co-worker and she seemed intent on throwing me off my routine and concentration.

At that point, my supervisor suggested that things didn't appear to be working out. The gist of it was she couldn't fire me for not being this woman's best friend (as my predecessor seems to be) and certainly not because of my job performance since she was astounded at my skill and speed. But, she couldn't keep me if things didn't improve. Meaning, I suppose, that the first time I made some sort of error I'd be gone. She then asked if I'd like to give her a week's notice. We could "see" in that week if things had gotten better and if not then I could transition out of the department.

Needless to say I was thunderstruck. Sure, my job satisfaction had plummeted but I could do that job itself. I thought about it and finally agreed to her proposal. She then asked me if I wanted to work Friday or leave for the day. I was already there so I worked, provided I could use the extra office away from the others.

So, I began working and had the entire thing done by 12:30. Near the end of the day she came into my office and said she'd talked to her boss who suggested that she talk to my co-worker about things since there seemed to be an ongoing issue with her style and manner in the office and retention. She told me she would "hold" my notice another week and we'd see after that.

I went home and was totally at a loss to understand what was happening. I'd been fired for all intents and purposes but then "re-hired" on the advice of another supervisor. I'd been told I had a week to find other work then told that I had two weeks and "we'd see" after that. Confused does not cover my mental state Friday afternoon.

All weekend I wondered about things and really didn't see things improving. Sure, they would talk to this woman but her belligerent and passive-aggressive reaction to the last confrontation did not bode well for a formal session on her style with the Director of the entire department.

Now, I should mention that in the 3 short weeks I've been there my ulcer which had been dormant since my transplant has made itself known like never before. I've had pain worrying about the situation and the feeling of being jerked around on a chain hasn't helped. You're fired, you're not fired, it's you, it's her, it's nobody, and all the other conflicting approaches have not helped.

By Sunday night I was truly sick. I couldn't help but wonder what craziness I would face come Monday and by 4am I was throwing up almost pure acid and in great pain. I decided to call in and take the day off and try to make up my mind what to do.

This morning I had decided this situation was completely untenable. I was terribly unhappy and had lost all confidence in my supervisor being able to give assistance or support. After all, her actions on Friday had made it perfectly clear that in any situation I was expendable and would be out the door.

So, I went in this morning and told her I did not wish to continue. I had expected that she would accept this knowing that she had more or less told me that on Friday. However, she seemed truly angered by my decision. She was very brusque and seemed like a whole different person. She told me that she had talked to my co-worker and things would change. I told her that I hoped they would, but at the same time I felt that her last reaction to having this discussed showed that she would continue to harbor resentment toward me. I also told her that while I liked the job I could not be a party animal which is what these girls defined in truth (if not in voice) as "teamwork".

I got the feeling that her boss had put pressure on her Friday to make this right and perhaps she'd been reprimanded in some way for handling matters the way she did and more or less showing me the door. Now, I was taking her up on her offer and she would get grief for losing yet another employee over this horrible environment that catered to the personality of one person.

But, my health is suffering. Last night I was again feeling ill and didn't sleep well. I haven't eaten a decent meal in days because of the ulcer pain and even antacids taken at prescription strength have not helped. It was also obvious that while the Director might have wanted me there, the consensus among my Supervisor and "the girls" was that I was the interloper. There really is little choice in a situation like that. I can continue and deal with the struggle every day while my work suffers and my health suffers or I can just find another job where I can feel more welcome and happy.

As I was trying to be polite when I left she cut me off and told me that because I didn't give a full two weeks notice I would be ineligible for rehire at UMC or "any of it's facilities". I started to remind her that I had attempted to give notice but she didn't want to accept it and instead decided to jerk me around with her flip-flopping to the point I was totally at a loss. I decided against further engagement and just said "sure" and left.

So, that's over and done with. Sandy, my personal job search guru, is already sending me new jobs to check out. I've debated on sending a letter to their Human Resources head about the situation, but don't know what good it would do. Big corporations have a way of going into denial about such matters, and I'm sure that her story will be entirely different from mine and paint her as a saint and me as an anti-social boob. So, probably best just to move on and let them continue to struggle through with that revolving door. From the office gossip they have gone through 7 people in the position I had in just 3 years. Interestingly, the only constant has been my problem co-worker. I guess system analysis isn't their strong suit.



religulous This afternoon Michael and I decided to drive across town to see Bill Maher's new film, Religulous at the one screen showing it in town. I was surprised to get there and see a pretty much packed house. In fact, although we'd purchased our tickets online we found ourselves sitting near the front since seats in the "bleachers" were scarce.

The audience was an interesting mix with a lot of older adults in attendance. In fact, Michael joked he felt positively young in that crowd!

The film itself was very interesting. Maher managed to stay on the polite side of sarcastic at most times and simply asked pretty straightforward questions and let the subjects do the talking. The result swung between hilarious and uncomfortable.

Perhaps my favorite moment in the film was a chat he had at the Jefferson Memorial with a scholar who pointed out that despite the claims of the Religious Right the Founding Fathers were not religious men for the most part and, in fact, seemed to have a healthy skepticism about much of the religious dogma that so many swallow without a thought today. A series of quotes from our revered ancestors flashed on the screen underscoring the conversation.

The first part of the film dealt primarily with Christians and the usual refrain from the "saved" was "What if you're wrong?" Maher, early on, took on this mantra by asking if the believers only believed because they were hedging their bets. In other words, is it good enough to "believe" simply because you want to cover as many bases as possible and only acting morally because you are afraid if you don't that something will happen to you rather than doing it because you feel that it is the right thing to do. This seemed to stump the first group he spoke to at first.

Later in the segment he paid a visit to the Creation Museum being built and Kentucky and spoke to its founder. This was one of the points in the show I actually became a bit uncomfortable. This man claimed that anyone who doubted the Creation Myth was a sinner and immoral. There was something in his eyes that made me think of Abortion Clinic bombers - a fire that burns but at the same time seems dead. Truly, a scary person.

Maher balanced his assertion that anyone who doubted the Creation Myth with an interview with the head of the Vatican Observatory who calmly pointed out the inconsistencies in the argument that Evolution and Creationism could be "combined" as is happening at this museum. As he stated the Bible stories were written long before what we would consider "science" was even conceived. Therefore, to believe that a Bible story is "science" or has scientific validity is illogical.

Later, he spoke to some Ex-Mormons who talked about the beliefs of the Latter Day Saints and explained their bizarre beliefs in gods on distant planets and the concoction they brewed combining what reads like a Sci-Fi novel with Biblical stories to create this odd religion. He could not find a single active Mormon to speak about their practices or even answer questions about their beliefs on camera. The church security even chased them away from photographing the exterior of the "Temple" in Salt Lake City. Why is this considered a religion? It's a cult, pure and simple.

Of course, Jews and Muslims were touched upon as well. He even managed to talk a group of Ultra-Orthodox Jews who have visited Iran and taken part in a Holocaust denier conference there. Truly bizarre. Their belief is the Jews got what they deserved because they aren't holy and they shouldn't be allowed in Israel.

He also met a man who makes little gadgets for observant Jews to use on the Sabbath so they don't break any of the tenets such as pushing buttons, using fire, or the many others I've forgotten. Maher asked him if it was wrong for him to try to get around God's law by making these things that would allow people to do things they normally would be prohibited from doing. His answer was that if God wrote a law with loopholes it was so someone could figure out how to get around the law!

After the Jews came the Muslims. Again, a moment that was very uncomfortable as he quizzed both regular believers and Imams on the beliefs. To a man they denied the Islam has anything to do with violence even when Maher pointed out violent commandments in the Koran to them. Their response, despite it being in black and white was that it didn't even exist. As though no one could possibly read the passage but them.

His comment afterwards was quite astute when he mentioned that it seemed that they did know there was some fundamental problem in the culture that made it tend toward violence but simply couldn't bring themselves to discuss or face this with an outsider.

In between he talks to a U.S. Senator who believes in the Rapture and finally admitted that no one had to pass an I.Q. test to serve in the Senate. He made a good point and maybe it's time we instituted that requirement in the face of so many "Born Agains" holding office.

Jesus Interpreter at Orlando Theme Park

A trip to the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida brought chuckles and moans from the audience. Shots of kids wearing "Roman Centurion" helmet, shields and swords made out of gold lame and polyester foam padding (sold in the many gift shops) engendered a sense of disbelief at the crassness of "true believers". Maher talked to a Jesus impersonator about his beliefs but the funniest moment came when the "cast" of the Crucifixion show broke into a song and dance number, much to the delight of the crowds watching. I couldn't help but think of the horrible PTL club in Charlotte, NC when I was young and their "shows" including the Last Supper play.

Yet, despite all of the bizarre people he met, none of them were unbelievable. I saw people "praising" during the hokey "crucifixion" in a theme park that could have been my own relatives. I know if they were there they would be on their feet weeping with arms upraised and shouting. Yet, like Maher, I wonder "why?"

I've never had that burn. I've never had that level of belief. Even in my darkest moments when I was very sick and prayed, there was a part of me that still wondered.

I have a nephew that I love very much who is very much the dedicated church goer and attends a Pentecostal church. He is very intelligent and yet, I wonder how it is that he can believe in God and Jesus with such conviction and without a shred of hard evidence. How can he be absolutely convinced that a guy in the 19th Century is 100% correct that there will be a "Rapture" and he'll be taken bodily to Heaven? How?

After all, when we break down the stories they make no sense. If we substituted Jesus' name for someone else (BTW: there are at least 3 other identical stories predating Jesus) the whole story would seem absolutely absurd and we would question anyone's mental state who believe the story was real. Yet, because it happens to be this particular story we accept it without question and accept without question all the horrible ideas that come with it - be it war, hatred, death, violence, or intolerance of other people.

I suppose, in the end, I agree with Bill Maher's final thought in the movie. It's time that we stopped allowing people in power to have a free pass because it is their "religion" and make them act in the best interests of all. They're fond of asking the rest of us "What if you're wrong?" It's time to start asking that of them.

Does the idea of Armageddon and the Rapture scare me? No, but the idea that the people in power believe in those things scares the crap out of me.

Oh, and the movie receive a rousing round of applause at the end as I heard someone near us say "It's about time someone asked these people some questions!"

Why Republicans Will Destroy America

CBS News reported on the wildness of McCain's rally in Minnesota. I'd seen the video on YouTube of McCain actually becoming concerned and chastising his own supporters for their bigotry and ignorance during the proceedings. At one point he has to grab the microphone from a woman's hand as she begins to rant about Obama being Muslim and you can see her taking the breath to drop the "T" word that McCain's own running mate has been quietly spreading.

Add to this the videos of these same common people being interviewed outside where they all seem to stop just short of threatening assassination and the word "bloodline" can be heard several times and it makes me really wonder where we are as a nation.

CBS news in their story expressed a subtle dismay of the "raw passion rarely seen in a Presidential campaign." I would challenge CBS news to stop being disingenuous. Republicans have, for the most part, been inappropriate and incapable of carrying on a civil conversation over politics. Sixteen years ago when I worked as a volunteer on Bill Clinton's first campaign I got to see it first hand in South Carolina.

I can recall the few stops either Clinton or Gore made in the state and the measures required to keep some semblance of order. At one rally the Republican youth gathered down the street from the site of the outdoor event and marched screaming and yelling obscenities to where the speech was being given. They had signs on wooden posts and tried to push their way past the barricades at the back of the area and into the midst of the crowd listening to the speech. I heard the words "Nigger Party" more than once as well as hearing "Faggot" thrown in my direction because I was wearing a rainbow pin and had the misfortune of manning the rear of the crowd. I honestly felt fearful of violence several times.

So, why should today be any different. Since that time we have had Fox News created that caters to this ignorance and bigotry 24/7 and reinforces ignorant positions by "creating" news with their many talking head shows. Today, not only do we have the "N-Word" Party but we have the thing they fear most as the candidate.

Republicans over the past 20+ years have consistently eschewed any intellectual learning in their grasping for a populist base. John McCain is not an idiot, he's an intelligent if misguided person. When he, as the candidate of choice must chastise the ignorant rabble who are his base, something has gone terribly wrong. Palin was chosen to be his running mate to play to this ignorant and dangerous group of people. This is evident when you see just how ill at ease he is with her and how he dies a little each time she says something profoundly stupid. I'm sure he's thinking "If I should win this election I will be the next joke with another clown as my sidekick."

I don't know if there's hope for this country anymore. I honestly see the schism avoided in the Civil War looming in our future. The differences are too great. We have huge swaths of the country who openly avoid higher education or at least serious higher education (Bible schools need not apply), who are in deep denial about the energy situation while paying $4.00+ at the pumps, and who refuse to consider that the same ministers, priests, and "elders" who are caught in scandal after scandal are not good barometers of God's word nor moral authority.

Republicans at McCain's rally screamed about voter fraud and yet, the only examples of that have come from the companies who build the black box voting machines the Republicans pushed on the local elections boards. The only examples of manipulation have been at the hands of Republicans in Florida and Ohio trying desperately to pull out a close election for their man. Yet, these ignorant masses have projected their own party's shenanigans onto the other. They have convinced themselves that they did not steal two elections in a row at the national level and scores of others at the local and state levels(just look at my own Pima County) but rather were somehow the "victims" though they reaped the rewards.

This lack of self reflection and even self awareness makes Republicans dangerous. This inability to even stop and consider anything else that is not within their own personal experience leads to xenophobia. Finally, their overarching lack of compassion for anyone who is not exactly the same either the same religion, same church, same color, same sexual orientation, or same philosophy politically leads to a disconnect with their fellow human beings at home and abroad. Why does the world hate America? Simply put, they see us all as the Republican Base on display in Minnesota and Strongsville, OH.


And these people have the vote...

Thank God, for these people there is no intelligence test to cast a vote, but judging by the incredible heights of ignorance, bigotry, and downright stupidity of fans of McCain and Palin maybe it's time to institute an intelligence test.